Are You In? Let’s Draft!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 | No Comments

I love the concept of “drafting”.  My husband Tim has done multiple long-distance bike rides and ever since I learned about drafting I’ve been fascinated by it.  To draft, there has to be someone leading – you cannot draft alone.  The riders following the leader of the pack use the leader’s energy to cut the […]

Focusing on the Right Things

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 | One Comment

You know how here are moments in your life that are frozen in time – that no matter how many years pass, the movie in your mind keeps the memory in full color, with every detail preserved, to be replayed in an instant?  There was a moment…a lifetime ago, that I will never forget. So […]

More Than Meets the Eye

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 | 3 Comments

Every time I lead a session of OnStage Leadership, I’m always astounded by the stories my participants share.  Stories of resilience, endurance, courage, tolerance, patience, heartache, loneliness, regret.  Of a hunger for learning, of kindnesses received, of self discovery.  Stories filled with heroes and villains.  Of joy and pain.  Of wins and losses. So many […]

Who’s in Your Corner?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 | No Comments

I don’t know if I could have had the success I’ve had launching my business, if I hadn’t started in Dallas.  One of the things I so love about Dallas is that the lines between business and friendship are blurred.  I’ve lived in places where you don’t talk business with your friends – it’s taboo.  […]

Navigating Our “Firsts”

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 | No Comments

First day of school.  First day of a new job.  First day for a new project.  First big client.  First presentation to the C-Suite. There’s something exciting about “firsts” – all that looming possibility.  But as I watched my kiddo standing in-Iine behind his new classmates yesterday, with a determined scowl on his face as […]

Trying to Contain an Elephant

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 | 5 Comments

Stuff happens.  When you’re working to accomplish big things and you’re coordinating a million moving parts to make it happen – as most companies are – you can expect that once in awhile things are going to fall through the cracks.  Where the rubber meets the road is not at the point of the mistake, but […]

What is Enough?

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 | One Comment

Today’s the last day of summer vacation.  On Monday, it’s on to third grade for my kiddo!  I’m struck by how committed we are as a society to put processes into place to educate our children, and then for some crazy reason, think that, as adults, development isn’t necessary.  There are quotes from thousands of […]

Give Us Something to Go On

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

Several years ago I was working with a group of managers and their direct reports for a company in Chicago and one of the guys in the session filled with the direct reports told me he was angry that he had received a bonus.  As you might have been, I was a little surprised to […]

The Impact Your Presence Can Have (Part 2)

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 | 4 Comments

Yesterday I wrote about two very different leaders (you can catch up on that blog post here).  The first leader had the uncanny ability to disengage a room full of people managers in an instant.  The second leader invested about 30 minutes of his time to ignite a passion for growth, build trust, and plant […]

The Impact Your Presence Can Have (Part I)

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 | One Comment

Awhile back I was leading sessions for small company that had recently been acquired by a large multinational based in France.  There were culture issues, communication issues, and because of the vast amount of change they were experiencing, fear and mistrust were rampant.  Overnight this small band of technical leaders that had proudly grown their […]